Aztec Empire

During the 13th and 14th centuries, a group of people called the Aztecs flourished in Mexico. They built an advanced civilization, with art, large cities, and a strong government. Education was very important to the Aztec people. Families educated their children until they were ready to attend school. Kids learned math, history, myths, religion, and the arts. Boys also received military training.

Capital: Tenochtitlan
Years: 1325-1519
Geography: highlands of modern-day Mexico
Economy: farming, fishing, hunting
Main crops: maize, squash, pumpkins, beans, tomatoes, chilies
Currency: none; they traded goods and services
Cool fact: Mexico City is located in the ancient Aztec city of Tenochtitlán.

Image credits: main image, courtesy of AMNH.